Eric Steinman writes:
'For years there were two distinct forms of diabetes (not including gestational diabetes, which occurs solely in pregnant women). They were Type 1, also referred to as “juvenile diabetes” because patients are either born with it or develop it very early in life, and there was something called “adult-onset diabetes” which occurred later in life and was sometimes caused by poor nutrition and/or obesity. While both forms of diabetes still very much exist (in increasing numbers), the “adult-onset” terminology needs to be modified due to the ever-increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
According to a New York Times report:
“Nearly one in four American adolescents may be on the verge of developing Type 2 diabetes or could already be diabetic, representing a sharp increase in the disease’s prevalence among children ages 12 to 19 since a decade ago, when it was estimated that fewer than one in 10 were at risk for or had diabetes, according to a new study.”'